Hot looks to keep you cool

Soar­ing tem­per­a­tures call for flow­ing dresses and light, breath­able fab­rics

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - CASSIE AN­DER­SON

It can be hard to dress for sum­mer’s hottest days. When it’s a re­laxed, laid-back vibe, the line be­tween keep­ing cool and dress­ing ap­pro­pri­ately isn’t al­ways easy when it’s over 30 de­grees out­side. It’s all about be­ing strate­gic and us­ing some sneaky short­cuts to en­sure max­i­mum breezi­ness.

● The looser, the bet­ter. I love the feel­ing of a dress flow­ing around me as I walk. And by keep­ing your clothes loose, the less fab­ric that is ac­tu­ally touch­ing your body, the more com­fort­able you will feel. Ditch the tight tank and shorts and try a loose maxi dress which will keep you so much cooler.

● Choose gar­ments that are in nat­u­ral fab­rics like linen, bam­boo and cot­ton. Cot­ton is a lot more breath­able than man-made polyester blends. It’s also bet­ter at ab­sorb­ing sweat and dries a lot faster.

● Keep a light­weight scarf with you to drape around your shoul­ders or over your head when­ever you feel like you might be get­ting too much sun. It’s so light­weight that you’ll barely feel it. ● A smaller, light­weight scarf is use­ful to keep your hair off your neck and to ab­sorb any sweat. Use it to tie up your hair or wet it with cold wa­ter and wear it around your neck for some ex­tra re­lief.

● Cover up to pro­tect your skin from the dam­ag­ing sun and to stay cool. The di­rect heat will raise your body tem­per­a­ture. The more skin that is cov­ered, the bet­ter. Long, wide leg pants or a maxi dress will of­fer bet­ter pro­tec­tion than short styles. Cot­ton dresses or tops with long bil­low­ing sleeves are a sun smart op­tion, al­low the air to cir­cu­late and are very on trend.

● Stick to light coloured pieces. Dark colours will ab­sorb the light and can make you feel hot, while light colours re­flect light and will keep you cool. Dress in the beau­ti­ful whites, pas­tel blues and pinks, creams and yel­lows that are on trend this sum­mer.

They will keep you feel­ing cooler, and brighten your mood, more than dark colours.

● If you must wear a struc­tured jacket, dress or skirt try to look for op­tions that are un­lined. The lin­ing will of­ten be a syn­thetic fi­bre and add an ex­tra layer trap­ping the heat.

En­joy this sun-soaked time of year in the stun­ning North­ern Rivers and keep cool while do­ing it.

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Coop You Do Daisy Dress, $195, avail­able from Zest Bou­tique By­ron Bay.

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